Coleen Tjikune, best known for her stage ‘Chikune’.
Namibian singer, songwriter and performer has a new single out: ‘Pieces remix’ featuring Tanzanian ‘s beloved Mbosso of WCB Wasafi Records, and this is one banger of a hit.
When she’s not lighting up the stage, she’s completing her degree in Medicine.
Let’s find out how she does it; what motivates her and keeps her going.
Getting to know Chikune
Occupation: Musician\medical student
Three words that describe you: Unorthodox, resilient and stubborn
What is your philosophy in life?
If I aim for the impossible I can achieve the best possible (only through his grace of course).
When do you feel most like yourself?
When I am with my family and when I’m on stage.
What would your best friend say is your best quality?
That I’m too real to be a celebrity, I apparently don’t have a fake bone in my body.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Pursue my passion of music without any hesitation.
What do you do for growth?
I pray and work hard. That’s about all I can do to get from point A to B.
When was the last time you did something which challenged you and what was it?
Last year (2018 December), I took a huge risk when I thought I lost everything, I took my last pennies and flew to another country. No back up ,no label, just me and the support of my family, and shot a video in the hope that it would salvage what I lost. I then just placed the product in God’s hands.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
Namibia is my home, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but my second choice would be Tanzania. It’s beautiful and the people there are loving, supportive and extremely welcoming!
What’s your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
My schedule hasn’t allowed me to read anything but medical textbooks and journals. The last book I read was ‘Harry Potter’! But my favorite movie is ‘Hidden Figures’. It spoke to me in the sense that most people will choose to ignore your success or contributions. Continue to keep pushing, someone is watching. One day that ‘someone’ will be inspired enough to bless you with the recognition you deserve. Patience is a virtue.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Just that despite the negative backlash I have received throughout my career, I have been able to prove people wrong … my most important accomplishment today is that I have not given up. I’m still here.
What would enough look like to you?
God, Family and music. Most importantly getting to the point in my life where I can positively change the lives of others.
How do you wish to be remembered?
As someone who beat the odds, made a difference and as the perfect testimony of how unconditional God’s love is.